Lyndeborough: Hiker falls to her death

Monday, January 26, 2015

A 50-year-old Massachusetts woman died following a hiking accident in the area of Purgatory Falls on Sunday afternoon. Dorie Goldman, 50, of Amherst, Massachusetts, was hiking with a companion at the town line of Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough, when she slipped from the edge of a steep embankment, falling 15 feet into the water, according to a press release issued by N.H. Fish and Game on Sunday night. Goldman “succumbed to her injuries from the fall and subsequent immersion in the frigid waters,” the press release reads. Goldman’s official cause of death has yet to be determined by the State’s Medical Examiner. Goldman parked and … 0

Region readies for big storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Monadnock region, like much of the Northeast, was bracing Monday for a winter storm forecasted to bring blizzard conditions to parts of Hillsborough and Cheshire counties. Yet the attitude throughout the region seemed calmer than in New York City and Boston, which were predicted to receive record levels of snowfall. Chief David Chamberlain of the Jaffrey Fire Department summarized this attitude Monday … 0

Dublin: Fulfilling Hayashi’s dream

Monday, January 26, 2015

Editor's note: The Harris Center has postponed the Jan. 31 hike through the former Camp Chenoa property to Feb. 8, due to expected weather conditions. As a group of nearly 30 hikers winds through the woods, Meade Cadot of Hanock calls a halt to the procession to point out the bounding tracks of … 0

How weather impacts sales

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Retailers and artists throughout the region welcomed December’s lack of winter storms because, they said, milder weather motivates customers to shop. Yet, Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride in Bennington was clearly hurt by less snow on the slopes. … 0

COncord: Forum to focus on state budget

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Hampshire faces fiscal challenges as it enters the 2016-2017 budget debates and, according to the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, policymakers will need to take a balanced approach in providing funding for services on which residents, visitors and businesses rely. To provide a forum for dialogue on … 0

Concord: Workshop for farmers offered

Friday, January 2, 2015

Planning to keep a farm in the family has become more difficult than ever, with issues such as estate-tax laws, business-transfer risk, and Social Security benefits vexing both younger and older generations. UNH Cooperative Extension and USDA Risk Management Agency will hold a workshop for farm families dealing … 0

Manchester: Conference to focus on diversity at work

Monday, January 5, 2015

Experts will discuss recruitment and retention in the age of immigration reform at a conference titled “Making Diversity Work in New Hampshire” on Jan. 13 at St. Anselm’s College in Manchester. Those attending will leave with information on … 0

Editorial: Investing in the state is the answer

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

As the governor and legislators prepare the next two-year state budget, various interest groups have raised concern about just how they will achieve a balanced budget. That’s because in the past, there’s been a pattern of taking from special funds designated for particular programs, like historic preservation, police … 0

WLC: 7.6 jobs to be cut after the merger

Friday, January 2, 2015

Consolidation is expected to save the Wilton-Lyndeborough School District $359,000 in staffing costs, with the equivalent of 7.6 positions being cut for the 2015-2016 school year. The proposed budget for the district is expected to go up from 11,846,909 to 12,027,617, or 1.52 percent, with the majority of … 0

Editorial: Let’s talk about our spirituality

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Monadnock region has always been a magnet for people who have a strong sense of spirituality. 19th-century American spiritual writer Henry David Thoreau said that climbing mountains elevates the soul, and Mount Monadnock was his most beloved of all mountains. What is it about this place surrounded … 0

Digital director: Media companies can adapt through metrics

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Editor’s note: This story was published in print in the Concord Monitor on Dec. 22; it’s been updated for this publication. Ernesto Burden was recently named vice president of digital operations for Newspapers of New England, the Monadnock … 0

WLC School District: School consolidation moves forward

Monday, December 29, 2014

It was a close decision in March that decided the future of Wilton and Lyndeborough’s two elementary schools. In 2013, the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative School Board started a late push to explore combining the district’s two elementary schools. In … 0

Viewpoint: Let’s govern from the middle

Monday, December 29, 2014

Two years ago, this newspaper’s headline after the election was “State Shifts Left.” A few weeks later, I wrote in an op-ed for the paper that, while swinging left and right was an apt description of what had happened in the last several New Hampshire state elections, it … 0